Disaster was averted Monday, as the wife of the first civilian governor of Bayelsa state, Mrs. Margret Alameyeseigha and two members of the House of Representatives (names withheld) and other dignitaries escaped death by the whiskers as the flight they boarded had one of its engines stopped abruptly mid-air.
The flight, an Aero Contractors Aircraft left the Port-Harcourt International Airport Omagwa enroute Abuja when after take-off ten minutes later the pilot announced that one of the engines of the plane stopped suddenly and the plane was being maneuvered to return back to the airport.
One of the survivors who is a legislative aide to one of the House of Reps members, posted on his social media page, expressing joy over their safe landing after the midair hiccups.
The post with the caption “Survivors of Abuja bound aircraft rejoice” said “one of the engines has been lost, we are returning to Port-Harcourt Airport” said the pilot about 10 minutes after take-off we are safely back on ground now. Two members of House of Representatives, Bayelsa Matriarch (Mrs. Alameyeseigha) and others onboard! Praise the Lord.”
Efforts to speak to the House of Representatives members could not yield any fruitful results as the mobile phones were switch-off.
In his reaction, a former senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Festus Daumiebi faulted the continuous operation of the said aircraft by Aero Contractors, despite its alleged faulty nature for some time now. He said “This particular aircraft engine has been faulty for a reasonable time now.
“This company has been managing it at the expense or unsuspecting passengers’ lives. This aircraft was billed to fly PH-ABJ 8:40 yesterday but they were reportedly patching the engine at Lagos until much later in the day before we managed to operate to Abuja with our hearts in our months.
“The Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency Authorities need to do the needful before we sign the usual Nigeria song.
“The truth is that this particular aircraft being operated by Aero Contractors needs to be grounded until it undergoes a thorough maintenance to save lives.”